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KIEV, September 12. /TASS/. Ukrainian border guards have detained two Russian nationals near the border with Russia, the press office of Ukraine’s State Border Guard Service said on Saturday.
"On September 12, in the morning, officers of the Lugansk border guard unit detained two violators who illegally crossed the state border into Ukraine," the press office said in a statement noting that "one of the men had a Russian passport and the other had a military ID, according to which he is a serviceman of the Russian Armed Forces."
By the time of reporting the detained men had been taken to a border guard unit.
The causes of the incident are being investigated.
Earlier in the day, the Russian Defence Ministry said that Ukraine’s special services had abducted a contract soldier called Viktor Barsukov from the village of Chertkovo located in the Russian southern Rostov region.
"His elder brother Nikolai Barsukov, who is a civilian, had been taken out of the country alongside the Russian serviceman," the Russian Defence Ministry said demanding to free the Russian nationals immediately.
"We strongly recommend [Ukraine] should refrain in the future from such provocations treated as grave offence in any criminal code - abduction," the ministry’s press service said.